For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017

SMUD announces new contract opportunities for restaurants and catering companies

Contracts are designated solely for certified small businesses in SMUD's service territory

SMUD has released a new catering services contract designated solely for companies that participate in its Supplier Education & Economic Development (SEED) program. To qualify as a SEED vendor, businesses must be certified as a small business or microbusiness by the California Department of General Services (DGS) and must be a SMUD ratepayer for the past six months at the DGS certification address of record.

SMUD will award contracts to restaurants or catering companies that meet all of the requirements under its Request for Quotation (RFQ) process. The contracts are for providing catering services for up 300 people at multiple SMUD locations on an as-needed basis.

"We work hard to provide contracting opportunities to local small businesses whenever possible," said Casey Fallon, SMUD's director of Procurement, Warehouse and Fleet. "This new contract will give us the chance to work with several local restaurants and caterers and potentially help them expand and grow their businesses."

SMUD will host two pre-bid conferences on Monday, February 13. The conferences are an excellent opportunity for businesses to learn more about SMUD’s contracting process and ask questions of SMUD experts. Representatives from DGS will also be available onsite to help small businesses apply for small business certification in order to be eligible to bid on this contract. The conferences will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at SMUD’s Customer Service Center at 6301 S St. in Sacramento.

For more information, please visit smud.org/bids.